Canadian Forces CF (Canadian Forces)
ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
The Royal Canadian Regiment
The Royal Canadian Regiment
Cpl Crooks Tyler Kevin George
Rank: Corporal
Service Number: N32675224
Born: Mar 20, 1985 Port Colborne, Ontario
Discharged: Deceased

Served In:Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: The Royal Canadian Regiment
Service Details :
November Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group. He and MCpl Scott Vernelli were killed, and five others wounded, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their patrol in the Zhari District approximately 40 kilometres west of Kandahar City.

Sacrifice Medal (SM)
The Sacrifice Medal was created in the context of increased casualties in overseas operations to fulfill the desire of Canadians and the Government to provide formal recognition, through the award of an official medal emanating from the Crown, to those who die as a result of military service or are wounded by hostile action. This honour replaces the Wound Stripe
The Medal may be awarded to members of the Canadian Forces, members of an allied force working as an integral part of the Canadian Forces such as exchange personnel, civilian employees of the Government of Canada or Canadian citizens under contract with the Government of Canada, on the condition that they were deployed as part of a military mission under the authority of the Canadian Forces, that have, on or after October 7, 2001, died or been wounded under honourable circumstances as a direct result of hostile action on the condition that the wounds that were sustained required treatment by a physician and the treatment has been documented.
The Medal may also be awarded posthumously to any member of the Canadian Forces who served on or after 7 October 2001 in the Regular Force, Primary Reserve, Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service or Canadian Rangers, or any member of the Supplementary Reserve who served in or with one of the components aforementioned on or after 7 October 2001, and dies under honourable circumstances as a result of an injury or disease related to military service.
When a death is obviously related to service, the SM will be issued immediately. When the cause of death is not clear, the SM will only be issued once Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has officially determined that the death was related to military service, in such a case, delays are to be expected before the SM can be awarded.
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)
This general service award has been created as a means to recognize - in a timelier manner - those who serve in operations in the presence of an armed enemy. Rather than creating a new honour for each new Canadian Forces operation as it arises, the General Campaign Star and General Service Medal - with their theatre or service specific ribbons - can be awarded in future to honour participation in any operation that meets the criteria. The General Campaign Star (GCS) is awarded to members of the Canadian Forces and members of allied forces working with the Canadian Forces who deploy into a defined theatre of operations to take part in operations in the presence of an armed enemy.
The GCS is always issued with a ribbon specific to the theatre or type of service being recognized, and each ribbon has its own criteria.
The GCS with South-West Asia ribbon is awarded to Canadian Forces members and members of allied forces working with the Canadian Forces who served either:
with the Canadian contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for at least 30 days cumulative between 24 April 2003 and 31 July 2009, in the theatre of operations which consisted of the political boundaries and airspace of Afghanistan; and/or in the theatre of operations consisting of the political boundaries of Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, the Suez Canal and those parts of the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea that are west of sixty-eight degrees East longitude and north of five degrees South latitude, as well as the airspace above those areas for at least 30 cumulative days commencing on August 1, 2009, provided that the service has not been recognized by another service medal.
Service Notes: Badawey, a friend of the Crooks family, said Crooks was "great young man who will be sorely missed by his community." "Cpl. Crooks accepted his mission in Afghanistan to contribute to the freedom of democracy that we, as Canadians, enjoy every day," Badawey said.
Enlisted: November 15, 2005 CFB Petawawa
Pre/Post War: Cpl Crooks was described as very fit and athletic, an avid dirt-biker and a Texas hold ‘em card shark. He played junior hockey before joining the military in 2005 and continued to enjoy playing on a team at the base. He was well regarded by his superiors who planned to put his name forward for officer training. Even in kindergarten, Crooks was a model student, said his former teacher Gloria Arnold, who taught him at DeWitt Carter and who is now a teacher at McKay. "Tyler was the same kind of boy today as he was in kindergarten. I was looking at his old report card ... he always played fairly, got along well with others," she said. "I think he did a good job and we're really proud of him."

Deceased: March 20, 2009 at Western Zahri District, Afghanistan
Cemetery: Saint Paul's Lutheran Cemetery Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada
Obituary: CROOKS, Tyler Kevin George - While serving and honouring his country in Afghanistan, Corporal Tyler Crooks was taken from us on March 20, 2009, which was his 24th birthday. Tyler will be forever missed by his parents Alfred and Karen Crooks, his brother Tage and the love of his life, his fiancée Kelly Maxwell. He is survived by his Grandmother Margaret Wagner, many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Tyler is predeceased by his Grandfather's Kevin Wagner and Archie Crooks and his Grandmother Rose Crooks. Tyler's humour and infectious smile will be sadly missed by his close friends and family. Summer cottage trips, fishing and hunting trips with his buddies will never be the same.

Cpl Tyler Kevin George Crooks

Medals and Commendations
(In Order):

Sacrifice Medal (SM)
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)

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Book of Remembrance

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Kelly and Tyler photo released by the Maxwell family